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Photography Tips For Spring Flower Pictures

Updated on September 13, 2014

What Better Time For Flower Photography Than Spring?

Images of Spring flowers are about to present themselves in abundance.

Are you ready for this annual event?

All you really need is a digital camera and a bit of knowledge about how to use it for taking pictures of Spring flowers.

Keep in mind that the most important factor is you, the photographer. You don't need the latest and greatest in camera equipment (although a good camera is not a hindrance).

In this article you will find 5 or 6 helpful photography tips that will help you to get better images of spring flowers this year than in years past.

The Right Camera Makes A Difference - MY camera is the Canon Rebel T3i (aka 600D)

Bonus Tip: Always carry your camera with you!

If you don't have your camera with you, you might miss a photo op like this. I was driving through a neighborhood on my way to pick up my wife, and I happened upon this scene. I could not pass it up without grabbing my T3i and snapping a photo. So glad I did.

Tip #1 For The Best Images Of Spring Flowers - Take photos of spring flowers in the "Golden Hours"

Foxglove - a spring flower photo
Foxglove - a spring flower photo

Close-up Foxglove Flower

The Golden Hours are early in the morning and late in the afternoon. Personally, I prefer early morning.

Natural light in the Golden Hours is.. well, Golden. It enhances the natural beauty of flowers and all of nature. If you find the perfect flower blossom, but you photograph it at noon, you will not get the same rich color and texture you can get during the Golden Hours.

Generally, those hours are before 10AM and after 4PM, but it really depends on the time of year, and for Spring, this does apply. However, during summer, you will need to adjust the times a bit. Just know that the higher the sun is in the sky, the less attractive your flower images will be.

Look at the intricate beauty of this Foxglove. Normally, you might notice that the flower is pretty, but once you examine a single blossom, you see so much more. This is a marvel of creative design and color.

Another advantage of early morning pictures is dew drops. You can create your own drops, but there is nothing quite like the real thing. The poppy below is an excellent example of this.


Taking pictures of spring flowers will give a new appreciation for nature and its Creator.

First flower picture
First flower picture

First Flower Macro

The beginning of the journey

There are moments in your life that are unforgettable. Like the first "Man on the Moon," or, where you were when the Twin Towers went down on 9-11.

It's like that for me when I took this spring flower picture. My sister-in-law had cut some flowers from her yard and I took this one to test the close-up capability of my new Olympus 3-MP point and shoot camera.

It may not look that great by professional standards, but when I viewed this on my computer, I was hooked. My heart went pitter-pat, and I could not wait to take my next shot.

Spring flower photography only lasts a short time, but it is my absolute favorite time of year for taking flower photos. It happens after several months of drab, brown landscape. Color bursts into our lives, and there is a wonderful metamorphosis that takes place around me and in my inner-most being.

God gives us the miracle of flowers once again.

I have taken thousands of spring flower images since this orange tulip, and I have progressed through several cameras. However, this image will live on in my memory as the one that started my love for photography.


Learn & Master the Art of Spring Flower Photography

Tip #2 For Super Spring Flower Shots - Turn off the flash

Spring Flowers Pictures - Morning Glory
Spring Flowers Pictures - Morning Glory

Natural light is the flower photographer's best friend.

Find the setting for turning off the automatic flash on your camera and use it.. Turn it off.

The flash produces unnatural light and ugly shadows.

So, if there is not enough light to take a sharp picture without the flash, you will have to adjust for it. The very best thing you can do is use a tripod. If you don't have one, find another way to steady your camera, like setting it on a stable surface. Rocks, walls, and even the ground are good for this task.

You can also hold your camera tightly against an upright object such as a tree or a wall so there is no blur in your picture.

Every time you are photographing flowers, try to do it without the flash. This is the best way to bring out the natural beauty that God has hidden there.

The home made birdhouse with Morning Glories was taken without a flash, but a tripod was used as well as the Rebel's 2-second timer. The self-timer was insurance that me pressing the shutter button would not cause the camera to shake while taking the flower photo.

Bonus Tip To Improve Flower Photography - Learn From Professionals

Tip #3 For Spring Flower Pictures - Use a wide aperture for shallow depth of field

Photos of Spring Flowers ~ Grape Hyacinths
Photos of Spring Flowers ~ Grape Hyacinths

Grape Hyacinths

The best way to achieve a photo with blurred edges and background is to use a very large Aperture. Set your camera on A or Av, then use the selection wheel to go to the lowest number. Depending on the lens you have, this could be something like f3.6 or f2.8.

Position your camera as close as your lens will allow and zoom your lens so the flower fills the frame.

Make sure you focus on the correct part of the flower because the areas outside the focal point will be blurry.

This particular flower image was taken with an Aperture of f2.8 using a Sigma 105mm macro lens on my Canon Rebel T3i.

Macro lenses are amazing tools for flower photos like this one.

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Fixed Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Fixed Lens for Canon SLR Cameras

The Canon 100mm lens, while a bit pricey, has one of the highest user satisfaction rates of any camera lens, bar none.

 

Camera Lenses For Floral Photography

After you get a good start in your flower photography, you will undoubtedly want to get a new lens. For single flower photos, there is nothing better than a dedicated macro lens.

The good news is that this lens has other uses, most notably as a portrait lens. It is quite versatile.

Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Fixed Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Fixed Lens for Canon SLR Cameras

Another highly rated lens for about half the price. This one is made specifically for cameras like the Canon Rebel series, but it will also be good on a 60D or 7D.

 
Fotodiox Canon EOS Macro Extension Tube Set for Extreme Close-Ups
Fotodiox Canon EOS Macro Extension Tube Set for Extreme Close-Ups

If you can't spring for a new lens right now, you can use a set of extension tubes to make any lens into a macro. The only problem is that you will have to manually focus with these particular extension tubes. They do not support your Canon camera's auto focus. But for $12, who can complain?

 

Cheap Alternative To Macro Lenses

Macro is beautiful, but a new macro lens does cost $$$.

If you want to get closer to your flowers, you can alter the lens you have rather than buying a new lens. Extension tubes or close-up filters might just be the key to your next fantastic flower foto.

Tip #4 For Spring Flower Pictures

Think through the shot

You really need to look at the shot with a creative eye.

Check all aspects and angles to see which one gives you the best outcome. Even though you can see that you have a beautiful flower in front of you, oftentimes, the details and distractions around the shot go unnoticed.

There are usually bits of debris and dead or nearly dead flowers surrounding the beauty of your chosen flower. They must be moved or removed so that your shot will not be ruined.

It is possible to "create" the background that will make this spring flower special. A simple piece of paper can do the trick.

You might also hold the surrounding flowers away to isolate the one you will be photographing. Clothes pins or twine are good for this job.

Anything you can do to make the star of the photo a real star is worth the time and effort. Don't just "spray and pray" that you will get a good shot. It does not happen just because there is a really pretty flower.

In the daffodil picture on the right, the first shot I took was from eye level. It had lots of grass and driveway behind the flower. It was not pretty. I had to get below the level of the daffodil with my Canon Rebel and hold back the neighboring flowers to get this shot. It was worth the extra effort.

Digital Concepts cl-58 58mm 4-Piece Multi-Coated  Camera Lens Filter Sets
Digital Concepts cl-58 58mm 4-Piece Multi-Coated Camera Lens Filter Sets

Another very inexpensive option.. make sure you order the right filter size (look on your lens for the correct number - something like 58mm).

 
Spring flowers photos - Tulips
Spring flowers photos - Tulips

In this example of the pretty spring tulips, I simply put a piece of black poster board behind the flowers. I then used PhotoShop to increase the black, but many of the online photo editing software will do this for you - no cost and no software installation.


I used my point and shoot camera
equivalent to a Panasonic Lumix ZS20 for this shot.

Add Spring Beauty All Year Long

Kempf Multi Tulip Natural Coco Doormat, 18 by 30 by 1-Inch
Kempf Multi Tulip Natural Coco Doormat, 18 by 30 by 1-Inch

This tulip door mat will keep spring in your thoughts, even during the colorless days of winter.

 

Tip #5 For Spring Flowers Pictures - Change Your Position

Images of Spring Flowers - Crocus
Images of Spring Flowers - Crocus

Purple Crocus

This image is somewhat deceiving. The entire flower, including the leaves and stem is only a few inches tall.

Using a macro lens, you can make the flower look like a giant, but your have to get down where the flowers are. You may have to even lay on the ground, so bring a blanket or plastic sheet to your photo shoot.

Place your camera on a solid surface. This might be the ground, but your can use a beanbag or even your camera case as a make-shift tripod.

Isolate the flower by using a zoom lens.

Take pictures in the early morning to get dew drops like this. They add a nice texture to the photo.

Tripods - Great For Stablizing Your Camera

Tip #6 For Better Spring Flower Photos - Use Props

Spring flowers photos - Linton Roses
Spring flowers photos - Linton Roses

Linton roses are so beautiful, yet they are not often noticed as much as other spring flowers.

In my yard, the linton roses have no fear of cold weather. They come up very early, way before the chance of frost is over. And they persist even when the temps get into the 20's over night.

The reason these beauties are not seen and featured is that their beauty isn't staring us in the face. The flowers face down as if they are embarrassed to show themselves.


Here is what the linton rose looks like from underneath.

So, one thing you can do is force them to reveal their faces. I use simple sticks and clothes pins to prop the up for the photo shoot.

Other props I use to help isolate flowers are pieces of fishing line to either hold back other distracting flowers or pull up the subject flower so that it is away from old or ugly neighboring flowers and shrubs.

A sheet of cardboard or poster paper is great for creating a solid background when the real background is just not acceptable. One case I can think of is the front of my yard where I have a small flower bed with the driveway in the background on one side and the street on the other. I put a piece of black posterboard behind the flowers I want to photograph, and it eliminates all distractions.

Here is that same Linton Rose taken with a true macro lens, the Sigma 105mm F2.8 Macro Lens for Canon. It is my "go to" lens for close up photos. And, since it normally faces down, I have propped it up with a stick and clothes pin.

Bartlett Pear Tree Blossoms Bathing In The Morning Light

Bartlett Pear Tree Blossoms Bathing In The Morning Light
Bartlett Pear Tree Blossoms Bathing In The Morning Light

Tulips - Spring Flowers

The Final Shot

This house is nearby where I work. I had to stop and photograph these beautiful tulips, but I asked permission first.

Here's the story..

The couple that live in the house built it by themselves the year they married, which now is over 60 years ago.

She plants these bulbs every year. They go across the front of the house and down the hedge to the road.

And every week, I drive by and see her pushing the lawn mower, keeping the lawn manicured to perfection.

It's quite the photographer's dream.

Are you a fan of spring flowers photography?

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      Wayne Rasku 4 years ago

      @malenk lm: Yes, I have seen some really beautiful cactus flower pictures. Every area of the world has its own unique flower images.

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      techmom 4 years ago

      These are so beautiful! I wish I could take pictures like these!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love taking pictures of my perennial gardens and other annual flowers. Thanks for all the tips. Great advice. Great lens.

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      mrdata 4 years ago

      You are a pro! Thanks for your lovely lens and congratulations!

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      Delia 4 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! What great tips! I love the photo of #2 awesome!

      ~d-artist Squid Angel Blessing~

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      Faye Rutledge 4 years ago from Concord VA

      Thanks for the great tips for taking pictures of spring flowers! Your photos are beautiful! Congratulations on LotD! - Angel blessed -

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      Wayne Rasku 4 years ago

      @techmom: Ah, Techmom, you can! Even if you have the simplest of cameras, you can take some amazing and beautiful photos.

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      Wayne Rasku 4 years ago

      @delia-delia: THANK YOU d-artist. I love that one too. I actually made the birdhouse by hollowing out an old branch. And don't tell anyone, but I set up the shot by wrapping a morning glory vine around it :-). Thanks so much for the blessing.

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      LadyDuck 4 years ago

      Congratulations on LotD and thank you for the great tips.

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      Wayne Rasku 4 years ago

      @mrdata: Thank you Mrdata. I am humbled by your comment. Not really a pro, but I love taking these kind of spring flower photos.

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      bkaabluaks 4 years ago

      Very useful photography tips... Nice lens.. Thanks for sharing...

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      h fr33m4n1 4 years ago

      Photography is interesting but I'm more towards painting. Great tips by the way!

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      MariaB LM 4 years ago

      Not usually but this could give me another thing to do besides sightseeing.

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      These Photography Tips For Spring Flowers is great.

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      JohnCumbow 4 years ago

      Thanks for the tips, especially the one about the golden hours. I recently took some nice early morning close-up photos of early blooms, on one of my ornamental trees, that had really heavy frost after an extra cold night. Lovely pink blooms with huge frost crystals in clear focus, with a blurred, sunny, light turquoise sky in the background.

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      The purple crocus flower picture is gorgeous! Great tips and congrats on LOTD ;) #blessed

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      A-Marie 4 years ago

      I am. The picture of the tulips is quite lovely.

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      Tom Fattes 4 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Awesome tips. I've been using the one about not using flash for years. It certainly makes a difference.

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      slyounkin1 4 years ago

      beautiful photos, thanks for the tips

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      Malu Couttolenc 4 years ago

      Great tips for shooting flower in spring. I am a photographer and new tips are always welcome, we are learning new things every day. Beautiful photos and page :)

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      myspace9 4 years ago

      Beautiful pictures and congrats on lens of the Day.

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      Alex-45 4 years ago

      I love photography and flowers. My favorite camera was the Pentax Spotmatic II with the 1.4 lens. It took beautiful images. Sadly I no longer have it. I have enjoyed your lens - it's beautiful, informative and inspirational. Thank you.

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      teach 4 years ago

      Wow, great tips...learned some things I didn't know...thanks for sharing!

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      maryseena 4 years ago

      I love capturing the beauty of flowers wherever I go, but I don't get superb pictures like yours. I just published my first lens on bougainvilleas, but wished like anything that I had better photography skills. Thanks for all the tips you shared here.

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      jlshernandez 4 years ago

      Super tips that I have to keep in mind. Oh yes, I love to photograph Spring flowers. It is so uplifting.

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Yes! Congratulations on a terrific lens and for LOTD! SquidAngel blessed! B : )

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      AlleyCatLane 4 years ago

      I am a fan of all flowers! Since I bought myself a Canon last summer I have been hooked on photography. Great tips and congrats on your LOTD. I'll be trying some of these to see if I can improve my photos.

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      RinchenChodron 4 years ago

      Yes, I love taking photos of flowers in the Spring and Summer

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      John Dyhouse 4 years ago from UK

      I take many shots of flowers at all times of the year. Only have a point and shoot, but it seems to do most of what I want except for a few special shots / occasions. Thanks for the tips and congrats on LOTD

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      Mellithorpe 4 years ago

      I love taking pictures of the outdoors but I'm not very good at it so I am always looking for great tips and hope to upgrade my camera soon. Thank you for all of the great info in your lens.

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      Absolutely! Spring flowers are wonderful photo subjects. Congratulations on receiving the LOTD.

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      gemjane 4 years ago

      I love taking pix of flowers any time of year, including Spring flowers! Your pictures are breathtakingly beautiful! The morning glories add a very cute touch to your rustic birdhouse. Here in (most of) Indiana, we are 2 hours ahead of the sun April through October, so the Golden Hours are a little different--have to go out earlier both morning and afternoon, but in summer, the afternoon Golden Hours start later than 4 p.m..... Thanks for the lovely lens!

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      dahlia369 4 years ago

      I take pictures everywhere I go, no matter what I do. However, spring time IS special! :)

      Congrats on purple star and LOTD!!

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      daisychainsaw lm 4 years ago

      This is a lovely lens, I`m really looking forward to taking some photos when some Spring flowers appear!

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      dimitry168 4 years ago

      I love flowers, but I also love smelling the fragance into my heart.

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      Hurlserv 4 years ago

      Taking pictures of flowers beats taking photos of people hands down. They always look good. They never complain about you "missing their good side." And to boot, almost everyone likes them. More important than your equipment is your good eye. You have been blessed with vision. Thanks for a very nice lens and congratulations on your multiple awards.

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      DigiDollars 4 years ago

      I love spring flower photography. It is an opportunity to see beautiful rebirth.

      Thanks for sharing your lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Terrific lens, great pix. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      Sherry Venegas 4 years ago from La Verne, CA

      haha on me, I am at the "spray and pray" stage of photography. (I was a mechanical electrical tech. for the phone co. I know spray.) You tips are short, informative and easy to focus on. Since I write for Squidoo and have a visual art hobby, photography pretty much is a big part of my interests. I need the photo tips that I can apply right away. Excellent short photography article.

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      Susan Caplan McCarthy 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Beautiful photographs

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      Bill 4 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      Congrats on LOTD. I used to be a bit of a budding (pun intended) photographer, but have not had much time to get back into it lately. My daughter though has been using my DSLR to take lots of interesting cat and flower photos. I think I will have to share your great tips with her.

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      Very nice lens. No wonder it won. Congratulations on LOTD

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      As a fellow photographer, I can certainly relate to your passion. And I know you've shared some good solid advice that will help others get that perfect shot. I'm happy to see you got a Purple Star for this lens, and your Lens of the Day is well earned. Congratulation.

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      Shopping in PJs 4 years ago

      Your flower photos are beautiful! Thanks for sharing these tips. I love taking photos of flowers too - I can hardly wait for spring!

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      nicey 4 years ago

      I just love flowers.

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      Wayne Rasku 4 years ago

      @Hurlserv: Hulserv, I had to laugh when reading your "take" on people photography. You are right.. hardly anyone thinks they look good in a picture, but flowers are complacent and compliant.

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      TommysTips 4 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD - I love flowers and I love photographs of flowers too! Beautiful shots!

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      TommysTips 4 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD - I love flowers and I love photographs of flowers too! Beautiful shots!

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      Psycho Free Zone 4 years ago from USA

      Lovely photographs! I can't wait for warmer weather, so I can go outside and take some photos of my own.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Beautiful and helpful photography page. Congratulations on LotD. :)

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      Art Inspired 4 years ago

      Congrats on your lens of the day! Thanks for sharing the wonderful photos and tips. I enjoy taking photos of flowers all year long but my favorite time of year is spring. Make it a great day!

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      rattie lm 4 years ago

      This brings back memories of when I was a little girl in Scotland. I could never understand why any flower would want to pop its little head through the snow. But the crocus flower did, with all its colour and beauty, a wonderful contrast between that and the white lendscape, and, the first sign of spring.

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      June Nash 4 years ago

      Congrats on LotD!

      I don't take flower pictures very often, but maybe I should. I love looking at them.

      You give me inspiration.

      I have some crocus that come up every year. My first blooms. If I can get a photo of them before the rabbits eat them, I'll be able to enjoy them longer. Now that I have some great tips on how to capture their beauty, I may give it a try.

      Thanks!

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      faye durham 4 years ago

      Great tips and beautiful photos. The tulips are my favorite. Congrats on LOTD.

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      Edit Photos 4 years ago from Earth

      Excellent tips. Worthy of Purple Star, Lens of the day and an additional Squidoo angel blessing!

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      cmadden 4 years ago

      Congrats on receiving Lens of the Day! Lovely lens.

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      Fox Music 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this remarkable lens "Photography Tips For Spring Flower Pictures" and Congrads on Lens of the Day !!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great pictures and tips. I started taking pictures of flowers in the 60s finding close ups provided great results. Thanks for the tips.

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      mrknowitall54321 4 years ago

      I use the Tamron 90mm Macro lens. Maybe you could add it to your lens as a product, it really is a fantastic lens for a great price too! Great lens, congratulations on the LOTD award

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      Congratulations on LOTD

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      Joanie Ruppel 4 years ago from Keller, Texas

      Very inspiring! I will never take another picture flower in the middle of the day! Congrats on LOTD!

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      FancyThatUK 4 years ago

      Taking photos of flowers is one of the things I want to learnt to do properly this summer, my hubby is a semi pro so we have a great camera and other gear, I just don't have the skills yet! Great lens, very helpful!

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      Amy Fricano 4 years ago from WNY

      Great tips, great pics and congrats on the honor!

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      Oh yes, I love to see the photographs, and your are no exception.

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      EpicFarms 4 years ago

      Most definitely; it's addictive! I couldn't afford the Rebel, but I did manage to get my hands on the sx30is and it opened up a whole new world :o) Congratulations on LoTD - it's a terrific lens1

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      hotsquid 4 years ago

      Some stunning photographs of beautiful flowers...love the Grape Hyacinths one.

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      darciefrench lm 4 years ago

      Thank-you so much for the tips - i am especially grateful to know about the before 10am and after 4 pm. I love the orange flower against the orange wall picture too. Congrats on LOTD, blessed :D

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is a beautiful lens. I love all of the photos on your lens, but my favorite is the photo of the Grape Hyacinths. This lens certainly deserved being named LotD.

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      TopChristmasToysGifts 4 years ago

      Congratulations on Lens of the Day! Fantastic lens & photography shots and tips. Spring is a glorious time for flowers.

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      norma-holt 4 years ago

      Lovely and congrats on LOTD. Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2013. Hugs

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      TopReviews2u 4 years ago

      Thanks for the great photos and tips to get the best out of your shots. Congrats on Lens of the Day.

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      FB-Explorer 4 years ago

      Thanks for a great lens! The part about turning off the flash and using available lighting is something I have been needing to do.

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      Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      I love to take photographs of anything with colour, that goes for flowers and or animals and or houses and boats etc. The secret of great photography is being there at the right time and the best light is usually early morning or late afternoon. Failing that a cloudy day in summer works reasonably well.

      Midday sunshine will burn out whites and leave dark colours under exposed! Great lens well written like and blessed :)

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      mrsfashionista 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing these great tips... love the pictures by the way.

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      Thomo85 4 years ago

      I also use cloudy days mostly as the sun is usually high by about 8 am and I am usually sleeping until then, The afternoon would be a good time but that is normally dinner o'clock.

      I love your tips and will find them very useful when spring comes around in september.

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      Short_n_Sweet 4 years ago

      I love photographing, but most of my photos turn out blurry or against a bad background. Thanks for the tips! I'll sure keep them in mind next time I'll be photographing!

      **Blessed**

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      JeromyS7 4 years ago

      We are still waiting for the snow to melt! But, soon, as the snow retreats, I love seeing the Crocuses come up. Will have to pull out the camera!

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      Frankie Kangas 4 years ago from California

      Yes I love spring flowers and love to take photos of them. I have some nice ones, but some of our are fabulous. Thanks for sharing and congratulations on the LOTD. Blessed. Bear hugs, Frankster

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      Pat Goltz 4 years ago

      I love to take photos of beautiful flowers! Foxglove is one of my favorites because of the beautiful detail. I agree God made all this beauty, and that early morning and late afternoon are the best times to shoot. If you shoot later in the day and the dewdrops are all gone, you can spray the flower. If I use flash (for flowers or butterflies), I only use fill flash. Sometimes it cannot be avoided. If the flowers are moving a long exposure is not an option. This is a good collection of tips. Thank you for sharing!

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      chi kung 4 years ago

      I still want to invest in a good camera - I like your photos :) so I guess it's high time I started out!

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      Nnadi bonaventure Chima 4 years ago from Johanesburg

      Nice pictures , great tips , thanks for sharing

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      LucyIsles 4 years ago

      @Wayne Rasku: Photography has always been an Amateur pursuit. So nothing to be ashamed off there!

      Many of the greatest Professional Photographers came up 'Through the ranks', so to speak.

      Great lens by the way!

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      Mary Beth Granger 4 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Thanks for your tips and sharing your gorgeos flower photos. blessed.

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      Rob Hemphill 4 years ago from Ireland

      Very well done and congrats on LotD. When I first bought my macro lens I got addicted to photographing flowers close-up. I soon found out that a tripod was going to be so important to avoid camera shake.

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      webmavern 4 years ago

      Congratulations on lens of the day and thank you for some great tips and beautiful photos of flowers! Your lens is my 900th squidlike, hope you get some extra points!

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I hope your tips get a whole new batch of flower photographers started. Very helpful.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      You have some beautiful photos! Congratulations on Lens of the Day!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes, and I loved your pictures. Thanks for the tips. Hope to use them soon. Only one daffodil in bloom so far.

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      Keith Winter 4 years ago from Spain

      Yes, I love the springtime and the opportunity it gives for some colourful flower photography. Great tips and photos. Thanks for sharing.

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      DebMartin 4 years ago

      Yes! Actually I'm a fan of flowers any time of year. Beautiful photos! Informative lens. thanks d

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      Nursolechatin 4 years ago

      I like it .

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      Nursolechatin 4 years ago

      I like it .

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      jvcronje 4 years ago

      Excellent tips! I'm bookmarking this lens!

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      dellgirl 4 years ago

      Congratulations on getting Lens of the Day and Purple Star for this beautiful lens. Your photos are amazing!

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      kimberlytoupin 4 years ago

      Those grape hyacinths were my fave - I must get out there this summer and do some more flower stuff myself.

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      Random thoughts2 4 years ago

      Thanks for reminding me about the fresh spring.

      Really love it ... thanks for providing some nice and handy tips on photography which we can use on daily basis as well.

      Squidlike your lens ... have a nice day.

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      Linda Hoxie 4 years ago from Idaho

      Beautiful photos, love it!

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      ROGELIO RODRIGUEZ 4 years ago from MEXICO

      I tried the blurry Grape Hyacinths (with another flower). Took a couple of tries but I got a very nice pic. Thanks for the tip!

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      AshleysCorner 4 years ago

      Really beautiful photos!

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      Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Yes, I'm a fan, and I enjoy viewing flower photos and taking them. These are fantastic tips! I've noticed the poor color quality of my daytime photos but never considered the Golden Hours. I'll keep that in mind from now on.

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      WinniedePoeh 4 years ago

      I've never been much into photography, but here on squidoo i start to like it ;-) great pictures !!

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      internetsuc6 4 years ago

      Wow what a great info and lensâ¦just awesome! I would appreciate it very much if you could check out mine about go pro 3 hero camera to ;-) ?

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      KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      Yes, and these photos are lovely. Congratulations on LOTD!

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      YearningAndHarm 4 years ago

      You have a very clever username! Thanks for your tips here, and for reminding me that it will be very nearly time to "set the Forsythia Watch" here in CT. When I see these brilliant yellow blossoms burst forth, I know the New England Spring is nearly upon us, and to start reserving time to spend shooting some splendid shots.

      Suggestion: a very helpful tip would be to detail places where one might go to find splendid blossoms in the Spring ... or even foliage in the Autumn .. there are brilliant blossoms around, but, especially in the Autumn, these usually are in the shopping malls and business centers. An article about where you find your fabulous flowers would be a very interesting read!

      Thanks for reminding me about Spring! I hope this year it's one of those where we don't get blossoms ... but rather the entire tree is one great big blossom!

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      MariaSamuelson 4 years ago

      I really enjoyed reading your lens and especially looking at beautiful photos! Great work! Spring is near! :-)

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      fbcivcoming 4 years ago

      Flowers are so beautiful in the early morn.

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      lionmom100 4 years ago

      I love photographing flowers and am seriously thinking of getting a macro lens for my Nikon when I can afford one. Thank you for these tips.

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      golfspice 4 years ago

      A great time to capture some early spring color and inspiring images. Enjoyable lens and useful photo tips.

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      I know exactly what you mean about being hooked on spring flower photography. Wow, what gorgeous photos and lovely descriptions. I so enjoyed reading this well crafted lens and learning excellent tips. thanks very much for sharing and also congrats on a well deserved lens of the day.

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      Laura Hofman 4 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Your photos are gorgeous! Thank you for the tips and for sharing!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I love your photos they are beautiful.

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      Aunt-Mollie 3 years ago

      I really enjoyed your spring flower pictures. Just beautiful!

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      Thanks bunches for the tips. I'm new to trying to take good pictures and I can surely use them. Your flower photos are amazing.

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      Mary Beth Granger 3 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      I love photographing spring flowers. I especially like to get down on the ground right by the flowers and capture them from that angle. Thank you for all of your great tips. Now I'm anxious to go out and try what I've learned.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 3 years ago from United States

      You photos are gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing your tips and experienced methods. Your article makes me want to skip on outside with my camera and start shooting.

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      These flower photos are so beautiful. I'd be pleased to get pictures even a tenth as good. I'm not much of a photographer, but your tips & hints here give me some ideas to practice with. :)

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